The Office Reveal

The Office Reveal:
Before we moved in (below) 
Colors before:  purple walls and dark purple trim.
Office After

This room is a wonderful addition to the original 1948 ranch that we live in.
 The original owners turned their sun porch into an office in (most likely) the 60’s.
 It has nice french doors, and is the perfect place for an office, (right off the living room.)This is not my favorite picture, but it shows that this is a room off the main living area.

This is MY desk area. My husband likes to take it over (because he was deployed when we moved in and I made his in the basement…no, I’m not mean. I actually thought he’ld like it down there!).
My metal basket of “to-do’s. I usually keep my dietetics work in here.
My latest lamp re-do and “yarned shade“.
View of the ladder shelves. I purchased these from about four years ago.
The yellow picture is framed vintage wall paper that I found at a yard sale.
*Side note explanation about my book choices:
I noticed on my downstairs bookshelf post (the Mid Wall) that we had about 90% war books on the shelves. I sort of cringed when I noticed that.
I place books places based on color. My husband would do this by category if it were up to him.
If you wonder about our book choices,(we are not war fanatics, as it may look like). My husband is a Polical Science/History Major, who spent 10 years as an Army infantry office. He is now getting his Masters in Divinity, and he LOVES to read….thus the selection.
Picture of my husband as a child….funny how we grow up to be what we pretend as children!
The boat picture is one I purchased at the GW. I added some old baseboards to make a bigger frame for it.
Desk was free off Craigslist…score!
The chair, (has a match that is usually in here too) I painted black. You can find the painted chair tutorial HERE.
…and, you can see the faux houndstooth throw tutorial HERE.
My other work storage areas are my “traveling desk” (I travel to different sites as a dietitian, so my “desk” is the black file case on the bottom right), and the red and white basket is a huge catch-all for all the papers that need to be kept or filed.
All the little this and that’s are mainly from yardsales.
This picture didn’t fit this house style (in my opinion) so I made it into a push-pin board.
These green and brown file boxes take the place of our old file cabinet that didn’t fit well in this room.
You can see in the corner that I added faux trim, and spent MANY hours painting it all white!
Faux trim tutorial HERE. 
This is the corner where the kids do a little of their school work on the computer. There is also a mail catch and two pictures that my sister painted for me.
The curtains I found at the GW. They are BH&G curtains.
The little cabinet is a cupboard that I found along the road. I added the little legs.
If you look in the upper right hand corner in the above picture, you’ll see a bit of this number shelf.
This room had a cute little “nook shelf”, but I’m not a collector and couldn’t think of what to put on it.
I ended up coming up with this number shelf idea. You can see the tutorial HERE.  I think it cost me around $3.
So now that the lamp shade is finished, I guess I can show you this room and be done with it! (the rest of the office has been finished since Nov!)
The next month will be another room reveal, outdoor areas, and the never ending basement…


  1. You did a fantastic job! I love the pop of color the lamp shade brings and your number shelf is awesome!

  2. It looks great Katie. I love that the chair looks so substantial but it’s on wheels!
    xo Becca

  3. I love it all Katie! I am decorating my new home office at the moment and these are the exact colours I want to use for mine. I really like the wall colour. You’ve done a great job. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  4. Katie love the new look! It’s gorgeous! I bet you’ll be wanting to blogging even more now from this gorgeous place!

  5. Oh- It looks great Katie. REALLY great! I love the new color and it is very organized! MyHero went back to school at 50 to be a pastor. Life changing, isn’t it? xo Diana

  6. Beautiful! What a great space to work in.

  7. This looks WONDERFUL! I love all of the typography, the lone stick in the corner, the placement of the books on the shelves, the textures. It’s great! Love your blog!

  8. Love your office space, great job! I especially love the number shelf.

  9. Beautiful space! I love the colors that you have incorporated. 🙂 Megan

  10. I love how it came out.. and I love all the stories behind the stuff in there!

  11. Looks great! The space feels warm but still light and bright!

  12. Nice reveal, Katie. It looks like a warm, cozy room where creative juices flow. Love the yarn lampshade and LOVE the number shelf – heading over to the tutorial to find out how to make my own.

  13. Looks like a lovely work space!

  14. LOVE this office! I am about to embark on my own office space so this is particularly inspiring 🙂 Nice job!

  15. Looks beautiful! I would love an office space like this.

  16. It’s beautiful!

  17. That lamp is gorgeous! love this whole room! Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunday Blog Hop. I am of course following you.

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  18. You have a beautiful office 🙂


  19. PERFECT and I love the back gray wall !

  20. Great job! Purple has to be my least favorite color EVER so I can’t imagine having a purple ROOM. It looks so much better now!! Love the desk and the wall color you chose.

  21. Wow, that room is beautiful. I REALLY like the desk and number ledge. I found your blog on the Sunday blog hop. I’m already a Linky follower and will become a facebook fan too. I love your blog!

    Shasta @ In The Old Road

  22. Great job on the office, Katie! I love the burst of blue and yellow with the gray walls. Beautiful color scheme. I’m amazed at how you were able to pull together all of your GW, Craigslist and curbside finds and create a fashionable, chic, collected over time look. Not only am I impressed, but inspired!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  23. I love your office! It turned out really great! Good job!
    I found you via the link party and I am glad I did. I love everything I have seen.
    I’m a new follower. Thank you!

  24. The office turned out great! I love the wall color and the ombre lamp!

  25. This is a great office. I really like the ladder shelves.

  26. Beautiful room Katie! You outdid yourself here – you are so talented and have such a keen design eye. This room looks so ‘done’ and organized! Way to go!! Heather 🙂

  27. It’s so great to see this “tour” of your office area! Love it – especially the dark gray walls. You do have such a great eye for putting things together! I’m pinning this.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!

  28. Love the accent wall! Looks great! -Jessica

  29. That turned out great Katie! I love the ombre lamp shade.

  30. I love your idea of turning a picture into a push pin board! I am redoing a kid’s br into an office soon, so thank you for some great ideas!

  31. FREE ON CRAIG’S LIST???? ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD??? WOW, lucky duck!!! I am definately going to check out the numbers tutorial. My husband is the CFO at a company and I did a complete numbers wall in his office, since he is the # guy and all 😉 We are always keeping an eye out for ones to add. You are crazy amazing CREATIVE! VERY appropriate name for your blog!

  32. Your office has a great vibe–I love what you’ve done with it!

  33. That chair looks so comfy! I don’t know if I’d get much work done it. Great job.

  34. Oh my goodness it is beautiful! My favorite detail is the little birdie on your to do basket! 🙂 Found you through the Delightful Order linky party… God Bless!

  35. Loves your lamp last week and it works perfect in the new office. BEAUTIFUL!! I would love if you shared it on my link party.

    Can’t wait to see what you craft next.


  36. Love the transformation! It looks so cozy!

  37. It’s so cute and cozy! You did a great job!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  38. Stopping by from today’s creative! LOVE your office and I really need to grab some yarn next time I’m at the store and give that shade a try! GREAT JOB!

  39. Your office is AMAZING…so cozy and clean and streamlined! LOVE it!

  40. the office looks awesome i love the green accents!

  41. Katie, your office is fabulous with so many great elements and tutorials to look at! I’m off to explore! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  42. That number shelf is ridiculous! The yarn shade, the cozy chair, the colors…I could get some good work done in there, sistah! You knocked it out of the park and I am pinning and tagging galore:)
    I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
    xxx, Kim

  43. What a great office! I love how handy it is to the main living area–wow! There are so many things I really like about your office. It’s so unique; you did so many of the projects yourself; the number display… The gray color on the focal wall is awesome!

  44. Utterly fabulous. I love how you took us through the whole room and how everything has a story. Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

  45. What is th dark grey color on the walls? Love it!

  46. Came by from Tatertos and Jello Party. Clicked on the link because I am redoing my office right now. So anyway I have those exact bookcases. and LITERALLY same exact thing….. 90% of our books… War. Haha 🙂

    You did a great job. Really Really Cute.
    Ashleigh @ Live Gorgeously

    • That is so funny! I had so many “war-type” books on some shelves I posted on it the basement, and after I revisited it, I thought, “oh no, people are going to think that’s a little strange”. So I had to explain myself in this post lol!!! I think these shelves are war, religion, and Pottery Barn at the bottom! haha

  47. Your remodeled office looks amazing! Great job! Would love if you stopped by and linked up to the Pomp Party!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  48. Pinned your ladder shelves! Love the staging!

  49. What a great space to think and blog and work and create! The lampshade with the yarn? Brilliant I tell ya …

    … and you what? You painted that chair black …

    … and those numbers? I will be visiting that tutorial!



  50. Looks like a very cozy room. I love that dark, moody color on the desk wall!

  51. There are so many great touches in this room!! I love the picture turned pinboard! Great idea! And the yarn lamp fits in beautifully 🙂 Thanks for sharing at my party!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  52. The room looks fabulous! I always feel like I learn how to do something new after I read one of your posts. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays!

  53. Beautiful job! What a comfortable, gorgeous place to be productive! I love every detail!

  54. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you’ll come again this week! This month’s Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

  55. You are features at New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday as one of the most clicked on links! Thanks for linking up!

  56. Very cute Katie! What a great office – a creative workspace indeed! Love it all and the desk was free?? Great deal!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  57. The office looks amazing! Thanks for coming to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

  58. What a seriously cool office!! I loved looking at each picture…there are so many interesting things to look at. The yarn lamp is awesome for sure, and I love the number shelf. Can’t believe you got the desk for free…I thought it was a family heirloom. GREAT job. I’m off to read some of your links and tutorials.

  59. I love it!! I love the way you layer and style rooms and vignettes. Your spaces always look so warm and inviting!

    I’m featuring this tomorrow!

    • Thanks Emily! Awesome! Loved your nursery reveal today too! Makes me want another baby just to do another nursery….ok, maybe I’ll just do other people’s nurseries! lol


  60. What is that black on your old teacher desk? We have an old teacher desk but he top is beat up pretty bad and I would love to cover it up with something.

    • Great question! I’ve wondered that myself! It looks sort of dirty, but you can’t clean it!

    • When I first read this, I thought you meant you had a teacher’s desk with the black stuff already on it. I’m not sure what it is, although as I said before, it doesn’t seem to clean well. I’ve seen people used leather and brads around the edge.


  61. Crazy good makeover! The lamp is amazing…who’d of thunk…yarn! So creative. Love the whole room, the accent wall, paintings, shelf above window, metal basket. Staged to perfection, but livable and workable too. Scooted over from House of Hepworths!

  62. drab to FAB!!!!!!!!

  63. I’m loving this office! It’s beautiful, functional and so interesting to look at too. Seriously, love all of the layers and textures you used in here. And the gray wall is awesome too. Thanks for sharing on my Room Evolution Party!

  64. What is the paint color on the darker gray wall?

  65. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday, you are being featured later today!

  66. Love your office makeover and the color of your walls! The number shelf is stunning! Pinned!

  67. Hi KAtie, new follower coming from Annes blog tonight…Can I ask the color of the blueish grey wall in the office??? LOve it

    • Thanks Christine! I wish I knew. It was something I mixed together and then had matched. I would read you the different letters/numbers they used to mix it, but I left it at the other house, in case people needed to use it for touch up.

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